Something we can do about Gas Prices

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Something we can do about Gas Prices
Sun, 04-30-2006 - 7:12pm

I just got this in my email and thought I would share it here.

"I'm implementing this starting today... no more filling up at the pump
for me!!!!

this will help all of us who live in US
This makes a lot of sense ~ read to the end!!! please allow me to post

A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the
grocery store he pays .60 cents a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a
week he normally buys two dozen at a time.

One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to 72
cents. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are .76 cents a dozen. When
asked to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "the price has
gone up and I have to raise my price accordingly".

This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. I checked around for a better
price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors
have begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have
been driven out of business.

The huge egg farms sells 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors. With
no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The
distributors then have to raise their prices to the grocery stores.
And on and on
and on. As the man kept buying eggs the price kept going up. He saw the
big egg trucks delivering 100 dozen eggs each day. Nothing changed

He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000
dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the price
of eggs.

Then week before Thanksgiving the price of eggs shot up to $1.00 a
dozen. Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "cakes and
for the holiday". The huge egg farmers know there will be a lot of
baking going on and more eggs will be used. Hence, the price of eggs goes
up. Expect the same thing at Christmas and other times when family
cooking, baking, etc.happen.

This pattern continues until the price of eggs is 2.00 a dozen. The man
says,"there must be something we can do about the price of eggs".

He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to stop
buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs. Finally,
the man suggested only buying what you need.

He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the
grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a

The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs in
his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs. Maybe
wouldn't need any all week.

The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge
egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs would not need any for
at least two weeks.

At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs.

To relieve the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor that
they could buy the eggs at a lower price. The distributor said, " I don't
have the room for the eggs even if they were free".

The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the
price of the eggs if the store would start buying again. The grocery
store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are
buy 2 or 3 eggs at a time". "Now if you were to drop the price of eggs
back down to the original price, the customers would start buying by
the dozen again".

The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers. They liked
the price they were getting for their eggs but, them chickens just kept
on laying.

Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only a
few cents. The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said,
"when the price of eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start
buying by the dozen."

Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to
slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers.
The egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy
at a higher price than they were selling eggs for.

Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a

And them chickens kept on laying.

Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were throwing
away eggs they couldn't sell. The distributors started buying again
because the eggs were priced to where the stores could afford to sell
at the lower price.

And the customers starting buying by the dozen again.

Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.

What if everyone only bought $10.00 worth of gas each time they pulled
to the pump. The dealers tanks would stay semi full all the time. The
dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge tank farms.
The tank farms wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the refining
plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for the oil being
off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the Middle East.

Just $10.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill it up. You may have to
stop for gas twice a week but, the price should come down.

Think about it.

As an added note...When I buy $10.00 worth of gas,that leaves my tank a
little under half full. The way prices are jumping around, you can buy
gas for $2.65 a gallon and then the next morning it can be $2.15. If
you have your tank full of $2.65 gas you don't have room for the $2.15
gas. You might not understand the economics of only buying two eggs at a
time but, you can't buy cheaper gas if your tank is full of the high
priced stuff.

Also, don't buy anything else at the gas station, don't give them any
more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the
prices come down.. "

**_Everyone should read this and send it on! _**

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Registered: 06-20-2000
Tue, 05-02-2006 - 6:59am

the first problem that pops out immediately with this analogy is that the earth isn't making more oil. Then there's the fact that over the course of a week, the gas station will still make the same amount of money, you'll just have to visit it more often.

A real solution for our gas problem isn't to buy less gas more often, but to USE less gas.
Walk more, use public transit when possible, drive less often, carpool, combine trips, be sure your next car purchase is one that has the highest MPG you can find, etc.
This country needs to evaluate and change our wasteful lifestyles. Eggs are "renewable", as long as we keep feeding the chickens. Fossil fuels are not.

Edited 5/2/2006 7:07 am ET by i_m_the_lorax
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Registered: 01-06-2005
Wed, 05-03-2006 - 12:06am

I agree.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-03-2006 - 2:21pm
THanks for thinking so much about our environment, ladies! I have been very consiencious about my useof gas and keeping my vehicles in good shape. I'm glad I'm not alone is wanting a better world for my kids and my one day grandkids! =)


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